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Jitters
Medical

Jitters

We have begun the pre-op round of appointments leading up to my cataract surgery. First stop was my primary care doctor, Dr. G. Though we have spoken by phone, and actually ran into her after my ophthalmologist visit a few weeks ago, this was my first “official” visit in probably 18 months or so. After … Continue reading

Rocks in my head
Medical / Happenings

Rocks in my head

And now, just to keep things interesting, we present… The Return of BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO (Translation: I get dizzy when moved certain ways.) The semicircular canal in one of my ears appears to have some loose particles (“rocks”) … again. These rocks have a tendency to wander, which then leads to dizziness. When I … Continue reading

Progress Report
Faith / Medical

Progress Report

ALS is called a “progressive” neurodegenerative disease. Odd, isn’t it, to refer to something that causes such profound REgression as progressive. Tomorrow, we will visit the ALS Clinic at UCSD and see how I’m doing as far as the numbers go. Weight and respiratory function. Checking in with the whole team is always encouraging. I … Continue reading

4th of July Thoughts
Opinion

4th of July Thoughts

American poet Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, “The New Colossus”, is engraved on a bronze plaque mounted on the base of the Statue of Liberty. The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a … Continue reading

Medical

About That Cataract

Last week Alan and I went to consult with an ophthalmologist concerning the cataract detected by the optometrist a few months ago. Dr. Y confirmed the cataract – “posterior subcapsular”. He explained the removal procedure and described, quite vividly, the possible risks. The ball (hah!) is now in my court. Surgery… or no? I need … Continue reading

Daffodils and Dragons
Happenings

Daffodils and Dragons

Daughter #1 recently embarked on her third trip to Wales. This makes three years in a row! People ask us all the time, “Wales? Why?” What draws this Southern California girl to this ancient land of the Celts? A mutual friend who loves Wales and travels there often introduced D1 to the magic and natural … Continue reading